The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

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Faucett, Richard 'Dick'

Richard “Dick” A. Faucett, 88, entered into eternal life on Nov. 11, 2020. He was born on June 7, 1932, in Menominee, Mich., to Franklin and Edna (Messenger) Faucett.

Richard graduated from Marinette High School in 1950 and attended Texas A&M University on a ROTC and football scholarship. He later transferred to St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., where he earned a B.S. in chemistry. He married Carol Dufresne on June 1, 1957, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marinette. He enjoyed a 30-year career as a forester and land agent for the Wisconsin DNR. Richard was also a proud member of the Army Reserves for 28 years and retired as a Major. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, as well as an active member of Saint Anthony Parish in Marinette, volunteering for countless fundraisers for the church over the years. He was also a generous supporter of the Catholic school system in Marinette and served on the Catholic Central (now St. Thomas Aquinas Academy) School Board.

Richard cherished the company of his friends and family and relished a good laugh, as well as a good debate. He was a remarkable storyteller and enjoyed reminiscing about his idyllic childhood days spent at his father’s logging camps and with his family at their summer retreat on their farm. He never missed an opportunity to recount the details of his many successful deer hunting endeavors with his children and fishing trips with his grandchildren on Lake Noquebay. Most central to his life, however, was his beloved wife of 63 years, Carol. He considered himself incredibly lucky to have her as his bride and often remarked that his greatest flaw was that he “loved her too much.”

Richard lived a very blessed and full life and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife, Carol Faucett, along with their five children and families: Franklin (Clarissa) Faucett of Marinette, Michael (Christine) Faucett of Appleton and their children: Michael (Megan), William, and John; Joseph (Sally) Faucett of Menominee and their children, Rev. Matthew, Nathan, and Joseph; Mary (Dr. James) Tandias of Marinette and their children, Ryan and Rachel Tandias; and Richard (Dawn) Faucett Jr. of Mequon, Wis., and their children, Anna and Lauren; his sister, Mary Ellen Sorensen; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Franklin and Herbert (Bud) Faucett, and his sister, Patricia Pesare.

Richard’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Almost Family Home Health (especially Bobbi Brown, Patti Heckel and Jacki Kessel); Joanne Kirby and Lisa Knopik; Dr. Gian Daroach and Dr. Yasser Salem and their clinic staff; Bay Area Medical Center, The Harbors Retirement Community, and the Rennes Health & Rehab Centers for their outstanding care.

Because of COVID-19, a private Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Parish - Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Marinette with military honors and burial to follow. There will be a celebration of Richard’s life for all who would like to join at a future time when it is safe to gather.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to St. Thomas Aquinas Academy of Marinette in Richard’s name.

Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

Thielen Funeral Home
1403 Newberry Ave
Marinette, WI 54143

Folz, Daniel J.

Daniel J. Folz, age 86, of Green Bay and formerly of Oshkosh, passed away on Saturday, November 7. 2020. Dan was the son of the late Edward and Mary (Beiler) Folz. He was born August 4, 1934, in Milwaukee.

Dan played basketball at North Division High School, in Milwaukee, where he is inducted into the school's Hall of Fame, and has his number retired.He attended UW Madison, where he played basketball.

Dan married the former Barbara Armitage on May 31, 1958 and she preceded him in death on March 4, 2015. Dan was a fish biologist for 34 years, working for the Department of Natural Resources, where he was fondly known as "Father Sturgeon". Dan enjoyed many hobbies such as fishing, camping, hunting, all other sports, and he especially enjoyed "running off to Vegas".

Dan's family meant the world to him. He is survived by his children: Becky (Rick) Schutte, Tammy (Mike) Hoes, Debbie Folz, and Susan (Michael) Heier. Surviving grandchildren; Ryan (Emily) and Jesse (Kelsey) Schutte, Travis, Zachary (Ashley), Anna and Olivia Heier; great-grandchildren: Hewitt, Ella, Hunter, Ava, Baylin, Meadow, Sailor Heier, Ezra and Zeke Schutte; his in-laws, Donna Armitage, Robert (Carolyn) Armitage, William Armitage; as well as many other family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Barb, and parents, Dan was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Jack Armitage and sister-in-law Colleen Armitage.

Dan's family would like to extend a special thank you to Ron Bruch, Ryan Koenigs, Michael Penning and Carolee Primising for their special care and friendship to Dan.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund in Dan's name will be set up by his family.

Services will not be held at this time out of concerns for everyone's safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. A celebration of Dan's life may be planned at a later date. Online condolences can be expressed to the Folz family Cotter Funeral Home:

Freitag, Linda

Linda Freitag, 72, passed away on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a hard fought 11 year-battle with multiple cancers and a life well lived.

Linda is survived by her partner of 42 years and lifelong love, David Huntley; her son whom she was so proud of, Thomas Freitag, his wife, Bianca, and her two beloved grandsons, Ansel and Zachary, who brought so much joy to her life. She is further survived by her mother, Bernice Richert, of Reedsburg; four siblings; and many other relatives and friends.

Per her wishes, there will be no services. A special thank you to Dr. Toby Campbell at the UW Carbone Cancer Center for his kind care and friendship over Linda's many years of treatment and to the staff at Agrace HospiceCare for final care.

"l have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." Online condolences may be made at:

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Linda worked for WDNR as a Section Chief in the
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Severtson, Larry

Larry Severtson, age 73, passed away quietly on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, Wis. Larry was born June 18, 1947, in Mount Horeb, Wis. He attended school there before moving on to the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, where he graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences.

Larry worked through several different positions with the Department of Natural Resources before settling in as the Forestry Technician in Spring Green in the 70s. Much of his work there focused on forest fire management involving fire suppression, prevention and equipment management. He worked in Spring Green through his retirement in 2001. During that time, Larry was involved in his labor union, holding a variety of leadership positions. In retirement, Larry worked as manager of forest fire suppression air operations throughout the United States for US Forest Service and BIA.

Larry was a skilled and enthusiastic outdoorsman. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a collector of guns, especially muzzle loading rifles. As in his work life, he loved to spend his leisure time outdoors, too. Larry was also very interested in early Native American culture and crafts from the 18th century. He frequently traveled to attend Rendezvous gatherings, where others of similar interests came together. Larry crafted period tools and clothing and traded and sold them through his Trapper John business. He was known to some of his friend’s children as “Uncle Larry,” and he was a great influence on them.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Ann Severtson. He is survived by many friends and colleagues who will miss him greatly.

Memorials in Larry’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main Street, Chaimberlain, SD 57325 or Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711. Online condolences may be made at

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Bannerman, Roger Trevor

Roger Trevor Bannerman, age 75, of Madison, died Oct. 15, 2020, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, Wis., after living with advanced prostate cancer for several years. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane; and their two children, Eric of Madison and Julie (Juan Ponce Vázquez) of Tuscaloosa; and by his grandsons, Santiago Ponce Bannerman and Alejandro Ponce Bannerman. He is also survived by his two siblings, Brian (Bonnie) and Gillian (John Martella); and sister-in-law, Cathy Tesar (George). He is further survived by other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Doreen Bannerman; and his parents-in-law, Ladislav and Katherine Krno.

Roger was born July 2, 1945, in London, England, to his father, Raymond, an American serviceman, and his mother, Doreen, a British citizen. After a childhood with frequent moves due to his father's army career, his family settled in Pacific Grove, Calif., where he graduated from high school in 1963. After receiving his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Humboldt State University, he drove across the country to begin graduate school at UW-Madison in the Water Chemistry Program. While in graduate school he met his future wife, Jane. Roger and Jane married in 1971 and settled in Madison.

Roger worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and retired with 40 years of state service. After retirement, he worked for the United States Geologic Survey. Roger was instrumental in developing the State of Wisconsin's storm water management program. He conducted groundbreaking storm water research that is still recognized nationally and internationally as fundamental to this science. Roger had a unique ability to build coalitions across industry and government to fund research projects that provided the data that formed the basis of many of DNR's stormwater rules. He developed a deeply personal approach to advocating for the use of science in resource management. He genuinely loved working with others, and he mentored university faculty, graduate students, fellow water quality staff, DNR administrators and the public to build understanding. Roger had a rare mixture of expertise, curiosity, generosity and compassion that was obvious to anyone who worked with him.

Roger loved walking, biking, camping, canoeing, cross country skiing, and sharing his love of the outdoors with others. He enjoyed hiking on trails in local state parks and in the UW Arboretum, where he and Jane were volunteer stewards. Roger and Jane enjoyed canoeing with family and friends on local lakes and rivers. They spent over 30 years canoe camping in the Boundary Waters and in the Sylvania Wilderness. Roger was a passionate photographer, capturing images of nature and adventures with family and friends. He loved hosting friends and spending time with his two grandsons, his boys.

Roger will be remembered as a generous friend and loving father, brother, grandfather, and husband. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of Roger's life will be held at a later date.

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October 2020

Mary Jean Huston retired in November 2019 after a 38 year career with the international conservation organization The Nature Conservancy (TNC). She began as an intern in her home state of Iowa. She worked in endangered resource planning in Iowa and Minnesota, then land management and protection in Kentucky. In 1988 she moved to Wisconsin to serve as TNC’s director of land acquisition, then led TNC’s landscape-scale work in the Baraboo Hills. She became the Wisconsin State Director in 1999 and served in that role for 20 years. Mary Jean and her colleagues collaborated with WI DNR on many initiatives including the Wild Rivers Legacy Forest, Door Peninsula and the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund. In retirement, she enjoys biking with husband Rick Wojciak, hiking, gardening, and exploring new crafts.

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Sullivan, Patricia Brown 'Pat'

MADISON - Patricia Brown "Pat" Sullivan, age 72, passed away on Sept. 24, 2020. A longtime resident of the Madison area, Patricia Ann Brown was born on May 6, 1948, in Chicago, Ill., to Earl and Helen (Cain) Brown. In 1966 she graduated from Trinity High School in River Forest, Ill. In 1970 she attained her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Edgewood College in Madison, Wis., and went on to receive her masters from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., in 1974. She taught for eleven years in the Catholic school systems in Chicago, Ill., and Madison, Wis., dioceses. She was a Financial Assistance Specialist for the Department of Natural Resources, Madison, Wis., until she retired in 2011.

Pat was a natural educator with a passion for teaching. Pat's pride and joy in life were her children and grandchildren. Family meant everything to her. She mothered all children who came into her life. Pat had a way of making you feel heard and loved. She was a lifelong student, proud democrat and advocate of social justice. Overall, she aspired to make the world a better place. She was a Badgers and Packers fan and a strong supporter of the military and VFW. Pat was also a life long connoisseur of diet Pepsi.

She touched so many people's lives with her selfless and kind nature. She loved hard and without regret. Her door was always open and she was willing to face anything with a Pepsi in hand. She had a contagious laugh and a fierce love for her children and grandchildren. She was loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.

Pat is survived by her beloved father, Earl; son, Danny (Lindsey); daughter, Maggie (Jared); foster son, Ryan Lent (Amanda); sister, Nancy (Ed); former husband, Jim (Jackie); and cherished grandchildren, Chase, Carter, Trinity, Nathan and Abby. She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen. Pat will also be missed by extended family and wonderful friends.

The family would like to thank Stoughton Hospital and the McFarland Villa for their years of dedication and care. The family would also like to extend a big thank you to the Denny's staff in Monona for always making Pat feel like a queen!

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Johnson, Rose "Betty"

Rose E. (Betty) Johnson, 89, died August 22, 2020, under Hospice care at her long-term care residence in Bedford, Texas.

Rose was born November 22, 1930, in Middletown, Ohio to Albert and Grace Hartman. Several years later, her parents moved to Woodruff, WI where she attended High School. She married Fred S. Johnson, Jr. on January 23, 1954.

She had a great career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources where she retired on January 6, 1996, after 34 years of service.

Rose began her career as a typist in January 1962. She was recognized for outstanding performance with multiple promotions and advancements over the years, and retired as a Financial Specialist Supervisor 5. At retirement, Rose received a commendation from the Natural Resources Board for her “outstanding career, and her knowledge and understanding of the Department’s financial systems, unsurpassed within the agency.” Rose earned the commendation “due an exemplary public employee.”

Rose was a longstanding member of the United Methodist Church of the Pines, and a member of Masonic Order 242 serving in the Eastern Star and White Shrine.

She is survived by her two sons Albert (Cara) of North Richland Hills, Texas; and Tim (Carey) of Rockwall, Texas; her daughter Chyrl (Renae) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; four grandchildren Trace (Renee), Bailey (Jeremy), Kaylah (Josh), and Shane (Valerie); five great grandchildren; and multiple cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred, brother Richard, and parents.

Visitation for will be held on Monday, August 31st from 10:00 am till 11:00 am at the Nimsgern Funeral Home in Woodruff, WI with Funeral Services at 11:00 am with Rev. Erv Teichmiller officiating. Burial will be at Forest Garden Memorial Cemetery in Woodruff.


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Swingen, Marjorie (Marge) A.

On Aug. 1, 2020, Marjorie (Marge) A. Swingen, age 100, passed away peacefully at the Glendale Gardens in Springfield, MO.

She was born in Paducah, Ill., in 1919, daughter of Edward and Clarice Stevens.

On Dec. 1, 1945, she was married to Ellsworth (Ellz) Swingen in Fort Atkinson, WI.

After marriage they settled in Stoughton, Wis. Marge worked in Stoughton for several years before going to work for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources where she worked for 20 years.

After retirement she learned to golf, and they joined a couple’s league at the Monona Golf Course. She and Ellz enjoyed dancing, golfing, and traveling. They took numerous trips and family gatherings together over the years. Ellz died in 2010. In 2016, Marge moved to Springfield, MO to be closer to her daughter. Marge loved jazz, big band music and watching reruns of Lawrence Welk.

Marge is survived by a sister, Lois of Fond du Lac, Wis.; son, Douglas (Judi) Swingen of Bush, La.; daughter, Yvonne (Art) Sorenson from Springfield, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Sena, Sara, Jorli, Tia, Chad, Sonya, Todd, Jeni and Lindsey; eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Ellsworth; a son, James Ellsworth Swingen; a daughter-in-law, Enid Swingen; seven sisters and brothers.

Marge will be laid to rest adjacent to Ellz at a private service at the Roselawn Mausoleum in Monona, Wis.

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Seifert, Jack Lawrence

Jack Lawrence Seifert, 69, born and raised in Eagle River, Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, July 21 at the University of Missouri Hospital with his family at his bedside. Jack currently was living in Fulton (Hams Prairie), Missouri.

Jack was born on February 23, 1951 in Rhinelander, WI to James Walter Seifert and Iris Laneen (Cook) Seifert. Jack attended Christ Lutheran School in Eagle River and graduated from Northland Pines High School. As a youth he enjoyed participating in the school art and drama programs as well as all the sports of the Northwoods - hockey, skiing, all kinds of fishing and hunting.

Jack received a B.S. degree in Resource Management with a minor in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed many years of fishing, trapping, hunting and even dog sled racing. Jack was recognized for his teamwork and leadership in fighting forest fires in Wisconsin and the western United States. For many years Jack was employed with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and enjoyed many years of work in the environment he loved most. Not only did he pass on his love and experience of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren, but he also served in many youth education programs through his early conservation work at Trees for Tomorrow Environmental Center and later with the Department of Natural Resources. After retiring from the DNR Jack went on to operate Seifert’s Field and Forest L.L.C. He conducted prescribed burns, prairie restoration and herbicide control in the Midwest.

Jack enjoyed his years living in Key Largo, Florida along the Atlantic Ocean. He loved the warm weather, ocean view and of course the fishing. During the past few years Jack lived in Missouri to be near his daughter, Brooke, and her family. Here he enjoyed deer hunting with all of them, attending ice skating shows as well as baseball, basketball and volleyball games as his health allowed, and as always, making new friends.

Jack is survived by daughter, Brooke Seifert Hewitt (Jason) and grandchildren Zachary and Hannah of Holts Summit, MO; older brothers Ken Seifert (Fran)of Carmichael, CA and Jim Seifert (Jo) of Tucson, AZ; cousins Mike, Bill and Tom Shields; Bud and John Seifert; Janine Jolin, Betty Jo Held, Margaret Walker, Kathy Cross and Susan Vogel; many second and third cousins; and a lifetime of close family friends.

He is preceded in death by his son, Nathan Seifert; infant daughter Hope Seifert; Father, Jim Seifert and Mother, Iris (Cook) Seifert; and many beloved Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles.

Jack’s family wants to acknowledge all those across the country who have become his friends. No matter where he was - Wisconsin, Florida, Missouri - he continued to make long lasting friendships that he often joined to share coffee and breakfast. Jack’s family could not be more thankful and proud for the many great lessons, learning and experiences he taught all of us.

True to Jack’s wishes, Pastor Bill Trosien will be conducting an outdoor graveside service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at the Eagle River Cemetery.

An informal outdoor gathering for family and friends will immediately follow the service at Riverside Park in Eagle River.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to

Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists
24 E. Davenport Street
Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501

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Schmoller, Raymond M. "Mike"

Mike passed away unexpectedly on the evening of Sunday, June 28, 2020, after returning home from a neighborhood walk. He will be missed deeply by his family, friends and colleagues. Mike was born in Waukesha on December 30, 1955, the son of Raymond and Laverne (Schultz) Schmoller.

Mike was a loving spouse and a dedicated father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Anne Biebel, Cross Plains; son, Daniel (Jenn Yee) Schmoller, Menomonee Falls; daughter, Mary Beth (Dane) Small, Aspen, Colorado; grand-daughter, Addison Schmoller, Menomonee Falls; mother Laverne “Bernie” Schmoller, Waukesha; and sister, Sandy (Bob) Gardener, Sequim, Washington.

Mike is further survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Diane Traxler Schmoller, Madison.

He was preceded in death by his father Raymond Schmoller of Waukesha in 1988.

After graduating from UW-Stevens Point and completing graduate studies at UW-Madison, Mike began work in 1982 with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. After thirty-eight years, he was planning to retire at the end of 2020 from his position as the Regional Spills Coordinator-Hydrogeologist for South Central Wisconsin. Mike was passionate about his work and deeply admired by his colleagues for his intelligence, work ethic and competence.

Mike loved all sports, excelled at them and instilled these interests in his children, Mary Beth and Daniel. Mike was the best dad ever and on the sideline for every game or sporting event. From hockey to soccer to football to horse shows to softball to karate, he provided unwavering support and encouragement. Some of the best times he shared with Daniel and Mary Beth were bluegill fishing on Lake Mendota and pheasant hunting in Iowa. Every July you could find Mike and his kids fishing for walleye on Lake Mamakwash in Ontario, Canada.

In addition to his love for the outdoors, Mike was an avid sportsman and recently enjoyed several pheasant and duck hunting trips to Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri. Mike excelled at skeet shooting and relished his visits to the gun range, an activity he enjoyed the morning of his death. Mike adored his dogs and trained them as hunting companions. He is missed by his black labs DD and Raven, with whom he shared many happy adventures.

Mike’s involvement in his community also is notable. Mike served as a Coach for the youth football program at St. Francis Xavier over many seasons, often putting together a winning team. Mike had also served as a member of the Cross Plains Village Board and was formerly a member of the Cross Plains Emergency Medical Services Rescue team. It would be hard to find a more down-to-earth, stand-up guy than Mike Schmoller.

Heartfelt thanks to those who came to help Mike in his time of need, including Lieutenant Kim Ready of the Cross Plains Police Department, the Cross Plains EMS, the Cross Plains Fire Department, the City of Middleton Paramedics and the Dane County Medical Examiner. Your care and professionalism were deeply appreciated.

Unfortunately a memorial gathering for Mike will be delayed until safer conditions prevail relative to the covid virus.

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Blattner, Thomas

Thomas Michael Blattner, age 77, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2020 in Mazomanie, WI due to pancreatic cancer.

He was born January 1, 1943 in Milwaukee to Sylvia and Edward Blattner. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Don Boscoe High School. Initially he attended Marquette while working as a draftsman for GE, eventually transferring to UW-Milwaukee where he graduated with a BS in chemistry.

His first job after graduation was as a research chemist for Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. He also worked at Bordon Foods before beginning the favorite chapter of his career: UW-Madison. Tom was hired as academic staff to manage Babcock Hall dairy plant, teach, and do research. For 22 years he proudly taught the farm short course in dairy processing. By retirement in 2008 he had advanced to administration in the food science department and achieved emeritus status. He often said it was the best job he ever had, and he truly valued and appreciated his clever and considerate coworkers.

He was an active member of St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, having served on the picnic committee and parish council, and was a member of the Knight’s of Columbus and the St Vincent de Paul Society. He also volunteered at Sauk Prairie Hospital, St Vincent Food Pantry, and RSVP by bringing people to their appointments. Woodworking, hiking, astronomy, chess, classical and bluegrass music, travel and photography were some of his many interests. He was a commonsense and practical self-taught handyman for his and his children’s homes. He tried to never miss getting together with the Mazomanie ROMEOs or Madison Bike and Bowl.

It was at a party for a departing serviceman in the summer of 1965 that he met Barbara Ann Brill. Immediately they knew this also was chemistry. They were married in January 1969, and commemorated 50 years together in 2019 with a fantastic party of family and friends gathered over a lifetime.

His absolute proudest accomplishment were his children and grandchildren. He was dearly loved and will be terribly missed by Rebecca Ann (Eric) Powers, Zachary, Colby and Isaac; Jennifer Elizabeth (Thomas) Wankerl, Solomon, Scarlett, Haven, Violet, Opal and Hazel; Peter Michael Blattner and Benton; and Kathryn Therese (Benjamin) Seibel, Maxwell, Theresa, Samuel and Nora. He is survived by Margaret (Daniel) Nencka and Richard (Shari) Blattner. He was preceded in death by siblings Mildred (Sebastian) Bea, James (Lori), John (Cathy), and Charles.

A private service was held July 18, exactly 55 years after first meeting Barbara. Interment at St Francis Xavier columbarium, Cross Plains, WI.

Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy. – proverb

Riley, Julia Bledsoe,

Julia Bledsoe Riley, age 66, of Madison, took her own life on Thursday, June 25, 2020. She had been suffering from chronic illnesses for many years, with escalating pain. She was born on Aug. 27, 1953, in Compton, Calif., the daughter of Lloyd Bledsoe and Marjorie (Trebil) Bledsoe. Julia was beloved by a wide circle of family, friends and colleagues who will miss her dearly.

Julia graduated from Cornell University and served the public for many years at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she helped communities

across Wisconsin protect the quality of their water. Julia was a devoted Girl Scout Leader, Qigong Master, and intrepid world traveler. Julia was deeply spiritual and had a strong affinity for nature and the outdoors. She especially enjoyed spending time in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

Julia is survived by her daughter, Hannah Riley (Aneidys) Reyes; grandson, Aramis Reyes; brother-in-law Vince Dutcher; nephew Cole Dutcher; and former husband, David Riley (Colette Sisco). She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Bledsoe; mother, Marjorie Bledsoe; brother, Stanley Bledsoe; sister, Linda Dutcher; and beloved dog Lettie.

An online memorial will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020, at 1 p.m. CDT via a Zoom link. Please check back on the Gunderson website to get the link. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please consider making a donation in Julia’s memory to the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton, Wis., or an organization of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

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Dumke, Robert 'Bob'

Robert “Bob” T. Dumke, age 76, a resident of Webb Lake passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Bob was born on June 17, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN to parents; Willard and Carol Dumke.

Bob was a 1961 graduate of West High in Minneapolis. He went on to the University of MN where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management in 1966. He worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as the Bureau Director for the biologist of wildlife research for over 30 years.

Bob loved everything about the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved hiking in Arizona. He enjoyed life and sharing his passions of bird and model trains. Bob’s love of family, friends and nature poured from his soul through his words, actions and teachings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Scott.

He will be forever missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Pat; children, Brian (Christine) Dumke; sister, Jean Hasbrook; grandchildren, Nolan, Owen, and Addilynn; niece, Molly Hasbrook; nephew, Chad (Lisa) Hasbrook; great niece, Kailee; great nephew, Carter; along with other relatives and friends.

A service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster.

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Gottwald, Paul J.

Paul Joseph Gottwald, age 88, passed away on June 1, 2020. Paul was born on April 5, 1932, to John and Mary (Moha) Gottwald in Wakefield, MI. He attended school in Wakefield, MI, and continued his education at Michigan College of Mining and Technology earning a degree in Forestry Management.

On June 25, 1955, he married Eileen Anne Bertie in Wakefield, MI. They moved to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, while Paul served his country as a
commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Paul’s 35-year career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources moved his family from Tomahawk to Medford to Park Falls to Marinette and finally back to Park Falls where he concluded his career as the DNR Area Director, retiring in 1989.

He and Eileen realized one of their life’s dreams when they built their forever home on the shores of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, where they enjoyed their retirement years with family and friends.

He was very devoted to his Lord and his family, passing along his love for God’s great outdoors, camping, fishing and traveling. He was active in his church and his community (Boy Scout leadership, Town of Sherman volunteer firefighter, Iron County Board of Supervisors Chairman).

Paul is survived by Eileen, his wife of 65 years, and their five children: Paul (Jane) of Eau Claire; Mark (Jane) of Duluth, MN; Michael (Jean) of Park Falls; Joanne (Bill) Flood of Marathon; and Jennifer (David Sherlock) of Mt. Horeb. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother John Gottwald, his sister Mary Mahnke and his infant son, Karl.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, June 13th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Park Falls.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorials be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Park Falls.

The family would like to thank the staff of Park Manor River’s Edge in Park Falls for the loving care and support they provided during Paul’s last days.

Bolger Cremation and Funeral Services in Minocqua is assisting with arrangements.

Bancroft, Genevieve "Gen"

Bancroft, Genevieve "Gen" Gen Bancroft, age 89, passed away peacefully at home June 2, 2020.

Gen was born Jan. 20, 1931, to Frank and Sophia Richwalski in East Chicago, Ind. She married William J. Bancroft Feb. 9, 1954. Together they raised two daughters, Ann Bancroft and Sara Bancroft, on their farm in Dekorra.

Bill and Gen met at UW-Madison. Their first date was an early morning flight in Bill’s Stinson plane.

This was the beginning of a journey filled with wanderlust. Gen was passionate about rocks, guns and her grandkids, Dawson Bancroft Short and William Bancroft Short. She graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in geology. She was a member of the Hoofers and climbed at Devil’s Lake. Her favorite memory was climbing the Grand Teton in the early 1950’s.

Gen is survived by her daughters, Ann Bancroft-Bohling (Dan) and Sara Bancroft-Short (Paul); grandchildren, Dawson Bancroft-Short (Lily) and William Bancroft-Short; as well as many special nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bancroft; her brothers, Ed Richwalski and Frank Richwalski; and her sister, Adele Richwalski.

Her family will return her to the Mountain Top, in lieu of a funeral. A celebration of life will be held for family at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Columbia County Alzheimer Alliance Group. The family would like to thank Agrace HospiceCare for their guidance and support the last two weeks. The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.

See Gen's ARC Profile here.

James (Jim) Michael Hughes

James, 68, died by suicide on Tuesday, May 19, at his home.

He was born October 11, 1951, in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, to Ed and Lorraine (Chirhart) Juza (later changed to Hughes). Jim lived most of his life in Madison, graduating from Memorial High School, Madison Area Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Jim served in the U.S. Army and was retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Air Management Program.

Jim loved the outdoors and was a long-time natural areas volunteer who worked to restore native oak savanna, wetlands, and prairie with the Friends of Cherokee Marsh, Dane County Parks, Madison Parks, and the Wisconsin DNR.

Jim is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jan Axelson, sister Mary Hughes (Krieg) Hoddinott, brother Kevin (Diane) Hughes, and his nephews, niece, cousins, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Kenneth and his parents.

The family will announce a gathering at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Wisconsin Public Radio or the Foundation for the Dane County Parks Endowment Fund. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

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Howard "Stan" Druckenmiller

Howard S. “Stan” Druckenmiller, age 75, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2020 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. Stan was born in Washington DC, to Howard Druckenmiller and Sylvia (Johnston) Druckenmiller. He met his wife Jean while attending Colorado State University. They married in 1966. After graduating from CSU in 1968, Stan and Jean moved to Madison where he began his career as a Fisheries Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

During his 32-year career with DNR, Stan rose through the ranks, becoming a Bureau Director, Division Administrator and Executive Assistant to the Secretary. His many accomplishments included establishment of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program that provides major funding for acquiring land for parks, natural areas, forests, hunting, fishing and recreation. He also built partnerships with nonprofit Land Trusts and local governments to protect and manage Wisconsin’s most sensitive landscapes.

Stan was a key leader in creating the Lower Wisconsin Riverway to preserve the scenic value and ecological integrity of the wild, undeveloped 92-mile free-flowing segment of the Wisconsin River. As Director of the Bureau of Environmental Impact, Stan supervised review of numerous projects including siting of coal and nuclear power plants, routing oil/gas lines, high-voltage transmission lines, highways, airports and mining projects. Stan was always a man of principle who left a lasting legacy by bettering Wisconsin’s management and protection of its natural resources.

Stan enjoyed wood working, reading, photography, volunteering for the Friends of Wisconsin Public Television, Madison Audubon, Habitat for Humanity and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Dr. Patrick (Lisa) Druckenmiller; granddaughter Maggie and brother Vic (Nancy). He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Sylvia Druckenmiller and his sister Patricia.

He will be profoundly missed by his family, former colleagues, and fellow volunteers. The family wishes to thank UW Health, Agrace Hospice Care and their staff who tenderly cared for Stan in his final months. Memorials may be made to Madison Audubon/Goose Pond Sanctuary, Dane County Humane Society, or PBS Wisconsin. Due to current health restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Glen Lee Nelson

Glenn Lee Nelson, age 89, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020, at New Perspective in Sun Prairie. He was born on Oct. 14, 1930, in Kenosha, the son of Gotfred and Oline (Curtiss) Nelson.

Glenn graduated from Wilmot High School in 1948 and Beloit College in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army from June 1955 until his honorable discharge in June 1957. He married Shirley Schmidt on Jan. 20, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Glenn worked as a personnel manager for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, retiring in 1989. He was an avid golfer, loved watching the Packers, Badgers and Cubs, and was a proud Green Bay Packers Shareholder.

Glenn is survived by his three daughters, Barbara (Chuck) Carter, Cyndy DePrimo, and Cathy (John) Jellings; son, Curtiss (Kelly) Nelson; granddaughters, Erika Carter and Pam (Jim) Chapman; grandson, Nate Nelson; great-grandchildren, Sam Chapman and Jessica Chapman; and sister, Joyce (Len) Toepper. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; brother, Keith Nelson; sister, Jean Lyons; and son-in-law, Anthony “Tony” S. DePrimo.

Burial will be held at Highland Memory Gardens. A public celebration of life will be planned for a later date. Glenn’s family would like thank Dr. Leo Schug and Agrace HospiceCare for the kind and compassionate care they gave him. Online condolences may be made at

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Eric P. Syftestad

Eric P. Syftestad On Monday, April 13, 2020, Eric P. Syftestad passed away peacefully at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, in Madison, Wis., at the age of 61, surrounded by the love of his family.

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Eric was predeceased by his father, Paul Syftestad, and will be sadly missed by his mother, Jean, and siblings, Karin, Kristin, Peter (Kristin) and Paul (Jill).

Nieces and nephews, Kristina, Christopher, Lezer, Emma, Claire, Olivia, Kathryn, and many other extended family and friends will remember Eric fondly.

Eric’s career spanned 34 years at Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources (DNR) as a Waste Management Engineer. His avocations included refereeing Madison City League and High School basketball. Eric enjoyed conversation with family and friends, European travel, spectacular sunsets, the UW Campus and Memorial Union Terrace, and driving the Wisconsin countryside enjoying the charm of all the towns along the way. Eric embraced life, lived in the moment and enjoyed every day. He will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved him.

A private family service will be held at the Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage. Interment of Eric’s cremated remains will be held at Silver Lake Cemetery. A “gathering” in honor of Eric will be planned at a later date as we are currently observing Covid-19 guidelines.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the UW Carbone Cancer Center or Wis. Public TV would be appreciated and may be made directly or through the

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Annual spring fish & wildlife public hearing and WCC county meeting In-person meetings canceled.
Public input accepted online April 13-16

In light of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are closely following guidelines from the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO).

We continue to receive the most up-to-date information, including new guidance from DHS which recommends canceling or postponing gatherings of 10 people or more to help protect Wisconsinites from the spread of COVID-19, particularly those who are most vulnerable to infection and severe disease.

As such, the in-person portion of the 72 public meetings known as the Spring Hearings that were to be held in each county on April 13 are canceled. The public will continue to have the opportunity to provide input on the natural resources advisory questions from the DNR, Natural Resources Board (NRB), and WCC through the online input option.

The online input option will go live at 7 p.m. on April 13 and will remain open for three days (72 hours).

Click here for 2020 Spring Hearing Online Input Opportunity

If you have questions or issues with the online input option or wish to submit a citizen resolution, please email:

The results will be posted as soon as they are available.

Robert O. Ellingson

Robert O. Ellingson Robert Ole Ellingson, 91, of the Town of New Hope, Amherst Junction, Wisconsin, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020 . Bob was born in Iola, Wisconsin on May 18, 1928, a son of the late Myrtle (Roe) and Maurice J Ellingson. He married Beverly Jane Berg in 1950. She preceded him in death on March 11th, 2018.

Bob graduated from Iola High School in 1946. He graduated from UWSP in 1950 and served in the Korean War and was a Bronze Star recipient. He lived and taught high school in Marquette, Michigan for 2 years

(1954-1956), moved to Madison Wisconsin and worked for the Wisconsin Conservation Department for 34 years retiring in 1998. He served as chair for the Conservation Congress for several years. Bob & Bev moved to the family homestead in Amherst Jct. in 2001. Bob was active at the North New Hope Lutheran Church where he served as Council President and Sexton of the church cemetery. In 2007, he co-founded the annual "Drive Your Tractor To Church Sunday". His hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening. He always looked forward to visiting with friends and spending time with his family, which was his pride and joy.

He is survived by five sons, Robert O. Ellingson Jr. and wife Pam of Lakewood, Wisconsin; Mark J. and wife Tammie of Amherst Junction, Wisconsin; Paul and wife Krissanne of Madison, Wisconsin; James and Cyndy of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin; David and wife Laura of Fitchburg, Wisconsin. 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Bob was also preceded in death by his siblings, John, Mary Olson, Richard and Sidney.

A Memorial Service for Bob will be held at North New Hope Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 21st, with Reverend Michael Peuse officiating. Memorial Visitation will be held at the church on Friday 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North New Hope Lutheran Church Scholarship Endowment Fund and Cemetery Fund. Register Book and online condolences may be sent by visiting

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